Thursday, 5 February 2009

5 February - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

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First of all Nomanda would like to thank all our new readers! We have been getting more and more of you every day and we really appreciate you! If you are enjoying Nomanda’s blog please pass it on to your friends. And if you would like to make a comment or get your own special mention on your own special day just send us the details through the comments section and we’ll make sure we don’t forget you!

Nomanda’s Happy Special Day blog is a celebration of events and anniversaries that have touched our lives. If today is your special day join us in looking at a few other events that have occurred on your day. Enjoy!

Sometimes people can be just too clever. On this day in 1827 Hannah Lord Montague cut the collar off her husband’s shirt to wash it and when she’d got it all nice and clean, she sewed it back on again! The Reverend Ebenezer Brown, a local businessman in New York, heard of this wonderful idea and went on to patent the detachable collar and manufacture the stupid things! I suppose he had to manufacture shirts without collars as well otherwise the whole thing would be ridiculous! OK if you’re really lazy and just want to wash the collar and not the rest of the shirt then I suppose the idea had merit. I guess it was before the time of throwing the whole lot in the washing machine and letting the machine do the work. Also it only works if you haven’t already spilled stuff down the front of your shirt! Hey, look at my gleaming collar and tomato stains down the front of my shirt! On the other hand, if you’ve spilled stuff down your shirt and your collar is all nice and clean you only need to change the collarless shirt! It may catch on after all!

Can 78 million people be wrong? I guess not as that is the number of monthly readers that the magazine “Reader’s Digest” reaches each month. There are an estimated 38 million readers in the US and a further 40 million worldwide. It is published in 21 different languages, distributed in 70 different countries and Nomanda hates it! If there was nothing else to read in the doctor’s waiting room I’d just twiddle my thumbs and read all the notices on the walls a dozen times! And the other thing I hate is the number of times they contact me to try and sell the magazine! Please no more once in a life time opportunities for Nomanda!

Maybe one of the reasons that Nomanda doesn’t appreciate the “Reader’s Digest” is that he’s a boy who never grew up, just like J M Barrie’s “Peter Pan”! Walt Disney released their animated cartoon film of the book on this day in 1953. Although “Peter” can be a naughty and mischievous little boy his heart is normally in the right place and he has some great friends! He encourages his friends to ask questions like “What Makes The Red Man Red?” and everyone learns a little more each day!

The citizens of Brisbane, Australia were up to their red knees in Jell-O on this day in 1981 when the largest Jell-O made, coming in at a mouth watering 9,246 gallons of the stuff, was available for consumption! Nomanda loves Jell-O but would have been a bit disappointed because this one was water-melon flavour and that’s not one of my favourites! Pity it wasn’t a strawberry or even better blackcurrant flavour!

Our first birthday celebrity today is Robert Peel (1788 – 1850) the guy who not only formed the Conservative Party, repealed the Corn Laws, but also founded the Police Force as we know it today. The police are still sometimes politely referred to as “Bobbies” and “Peelers” as well as lots of other less polite names!

Two men who influenced the car manufacturing industry are on our birthday honours list today, the Scotsman John Boyd Dunlop (1840 – 1921) the guy who developed the pneumatic tyre; and the Frenchman André-Gustave Citroen, the guy who developed the pneumatic car! Nomanda has a golfing friend whose address at the ball is a very good imitation of an old Citroen Pallas getting up on its haunches!

The 9 times married star of stage screen and bedrooms Zsa Zsa Gabor (1917) is our next birthday guest. She has described herself as a good house keeper. Every time she gets divorced she keeps the house!

The funny American comedian Tim Meadows (1961) is our next birthday boy and he knows a thing or two about puffing the weed!

Nomanda is not a football fan but the over rated overpaid footballer of the year Christiano Ronaldo (1985) gets a reluctant mention as there are lots of people who probably do think that football players deserve the money they earn for a few ball skills! If you are one of them Nomanda would love to hear from you!

Happy Special Day to one and all!!

If you know someone who is celebrating their birthday, anniversary or a special day today or sometime soon why not send them a nice e-card so they get it as soon as they log on! Even better, why not send this page to your friend!
Don’t know what to get for a present? Think about what your special person enjoys doing and the things they like.

For Girls, I know that flowers and chocolates are a bit cliché but nevertheless they always seem to work! Of course, if your budget stretches that far, jewellery, watches, perfume and fashion items are always appreciated!

For Boys, all boys like toys! It’s just as they get older the toys get more expensive. So gadgets and gimmicky things work. Again, if you have the budget then car accessories, sporting equipment and clothes, and man type jewellery like watches and gold chains will go down very well!

And, if all else fails, you could always send them a gift voucher and they can choose whatever they want!

If you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other special event today I hope you got lots of cards and presents and that there is someone special in your life who will make this day a very happy and special day for you.

Happy celebrations to you from the Happy Special Day Blog!!

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